Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Presenting Nerds Heart YA

The brainchild of the ever-fabulous, Renay, Nerds Heart YA brings together twenty bloggers and sixteen YA books--all from 2008, I might add--in a book tournament like no other*. (She promises cake!) You can follow all the action by keeping up with our official twitter account, Nerds Heart YA. Reviews and co-reviews (not to mention the BIG decisions!) will be coming all summer long. Here, revealed for the first time, are the sixteen shortlisted books:




Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before by David Yoo
The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine by April Lurie
My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger
Alive and Well in Prague, New York by Daphne Grab
I Know It's Over by C.K. Kelly Martin
The Last Exit to Normal by Michael Harmon
Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link
The Screwed Up Life of Charlie the Second by Drew Ferguson
The Shape of Water by Anne Spollen
What They Always Tell Us by Martin Wilson
The City in the Lake by Rachel Neumeier
Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers
Debbie Harry Sings In French by Meagan Brothers
Feathered by Laura Kasischke
Leftovers by Laura Wiess
The Opposite of Invisible by Liz Gallagher

Who are the judges? Only some of the best book bloggers out there! But don't take my word for it, see for yourself!

Valentina, Valentina's Room
Jodie, Book Gazing
Natasha, Maw Books Blog
Ali, Worducopia and Lenore, Presenting Lenore
Mary Ann, Libr*fiti
Trish, Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin' and Vasilly, 1330v
Kelly, YAnnabe
Becky, Becky's Book Reviews, and Kailana, The Written World
Heather, A High and Hidden Place
Amy, My Friend Amy
Laza, Gimme More Books!
Stephanie, Stephanie's Confessions of a Book-a-Holic
Nicole, Linus's Blanket
Renay, YA Fabulous and Susan, She's Too Fond Of Books And It's Turned Her Brain
Chris, Stuff As Dreams Are Made On and Nymeth, Things Mean A Lot

Here's the judging bracket!



*True there was that little-old-tournament SLJ's Battle of the Books...but....these sixteen books are lesser known titles, the 'underdogs' of the year if you will.


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18 comments:

Kailana 6:44 PM  

Cool! Going to be so fun! And, I review/read with you. You are one of the young adult 'specialists', so that has to make me important, right? :)

Vasilly 6:52 PM  

I'm so happy I joined!

jacketsandcovers 7:04 PM  

I have a friend who swears that Leftovers is one of the best YA books she's ever read. Anyways, looks like a lot of fun. I can't wait to see what ya'll decide.

Janssen 7:25 PM  

This is VERY cool. What a nice summer treat!

Chris 12:22 AM  

I'm so excited about this!! It's going to be so much fun :D

Lenore 2:08 AM  

This is going to be so much fun :)

Nymeth 4:18 AM  

This is going to be so much fun :)

Heather 4:35 AM  

I am SO EXCITED and can't wait to get started! It's going to be so much fun!!!

indie_93 5:47 AM  

Cracked up to be is the best book I've read all year (and I read quite a few). Please pick it :)

Jess 8:02 AM  

That is a fantastic idea. I haven't heard of any of these books, so I will have to check a few out!

Jodie 12:51 PM  

What a cool book cover widget, aren't you the best tournament promoter ever!

valentina 4:06 PM  

Cool, can I steal that banner? I haven't seen it anywhere. And fantastic cover slide widget!
I'm really excited about this, I actually would like to read almost all the book on that list.

Nymeth 4:37 PM  

PS: I know it looks freaky, but I totally didn't see Lenore's comment!

Kailana 4:55 PM  

lol. I think people are in agreement that this is going to be 'so much fun' haha

Becky 5:09 PM  

Yes, Valentina. Renay created the banner for us all to use :) Pretty much everything in this post is up for grabs!

Nicole 9:13 AM  

Thanks for the post Becky. I am am so looking forward to participating and thanks for sharing.

3m 9:43 AM  

This was a great idea. Looking forward to following it!

Keri 5:59 PM  

Woo Hoo! My Most Excellent Year and I Know It's Over were two of my faves last year.

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